Tips on how to clean your car

A guide to washing your car

If you choose to wash your own car at home then check out my tips to see if they help you.

Firstly ensure that all loose dirt has been cleaned from the car either by using a pressure washer or a garden hose.
Once you have done this you should start by cleaning your wheels, this can be done by using Autoglym wheel cleaner.Take when doing this as generally wheel cleaners cannot be used on wheels that are still hot from driving so ensure that they are cool before using the wheel cleaner. Spray the wheels and leave for a couple of minutes to help break down the brake dust etc.. Use a wheel brush to agitate the wheel cleaner and rinse off immediately. Repeat this on all four wheels.
Clean out your bucket before tackling the bodywork.

Use Autoglym car shampoo and a sponge or lambswool mitt to wash the car.
Start at the front of the car, washing the near side front wing and always wash from the bottom of the panel and work your way up using a horizontal method, ensuring that you continue to dip your sponge using the soapy water.
This will ensure that you can see what you are washing as you go along. Methodically work your way across the front bumper, bonnet and off side front wing before making your way around the rest of the car.
You may also like to use the 2 bucket method whereby once you have used your sponge to clean a panel you “rinse it” in a bucket of clean tap water. This will keep you sponge clear of grit etc..

After you have completed the washing process you should then rinse the car using your hose or pressure washer working from the roof and working your way down and around the car.
Once you have rinsed the car you should then use a chamois or microfibre drying cloth to dry the car, starting with the windows then working your way systematically around the vehicle.

If you would prefer to have your car cleaned and valeted by a professionally trained valeter then please feel free to contact me.

New driving laws proposed

So The government has plans to introduce a £100 fixed penalty notice for careless driving offences such as tailgating and hogging the middle lane of the motorway. Drivers will also be hit with three points on their licence, a move that could increase their annual insurance premiums, in turn this could possibly affect their ability to get employment and be embarrassing. The on-the-spot penalty will also relate to poor driving such as cutting-up vehicles, etc. However, motorists will have the option to avoid their endorsements if they attend courses designed to educate drivers to the potential consequences of careless driving. Also, it is thought that expanding the fixed penalty notice scheme will save police time.
Why? Because it will reduce the number of driving offence cases that go to court which in turn will cut down on paperwork, etc. However, the more serious offenders or motorists that choose to contest will still have to face the judge/ sheriff

£100 Fixed Penalty Notice For Careless Driving

Road Safety Minister, Stephen Hammond, explained: “Careless drivers are a menace and their negligence puts innocent people’s lives at risk. That is why we are making it easier for the police to tackle problem drivers by allowing them to immediately issue a fixed penalty notice rather than needing to take every offender to court.”

Chief Constable Discusses £100 Fixed Penalty Notice For Careless Driving

Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, the Association of Chief Police Officers National Lead for Roads Policing in England and Wales, added: “The new penalties are absolutely necessary to deal with drivers who are putting people’s lives at risk and police will not hesitate to enforce them.” She added: “These measures should also act as a reminder to careless drivers that their behaviour will not be tolerated. The vast majority of drivers are law abiding – but some are still not getting the message. We said we would get tougher on those who make our roads dangerous and that is exactly what we have done.”

Fixed Penalty Scheme Price Rises

The cost of fixed penalty notices for other motoring offences will rise too.
Such as
A non-endorsable offence(where the driver does not receive points on his/her licence) will rise from £30 to £50

Endorsable offences (where points are given) will rise from £60 to £100. this will also apply to non-endorsable fixed penalty notices which will also rise to £100

An endorsable £120 fixed penalty notice will also rise to £200 a fixed penalty notice for driving without insurance will rise from £200 to £300.

So beware as you are certain to be caught if you don’t heed the law when driving in the future